October 27, 2019

#BookReivew: Stand Beautiful by Chloe Howard, Margot Starbuck


Title: Stand Beautiful 
Author: Chloe Howard with Margot Starbuck

Published:  May 29, 2018
Publisher: Zondervan
Format: Paperback, 208
Synopsis: Have you ever been bullied? Betrayed by a friend? Critical of the girl you see in the mirror every day? Born with a clubfoot and enduring intense physical and emotional pain because of it, anti-bullying author and speaker Chloe Howard will help you overcome the pain and struggles in your own life, coming alongside you as a friend on your journey to live happy and free. 

You are enough. You are a daughter of God. And no matter how hard life gets, you don’t have to do it alone. Look no further than Chloe Howard, who walks the walk and talks the talk.In Stand Beautiful, Chloe shares her story of being bullied about a birth defect as a freshman and how it helped her not only overcome self-doubt, but it also gave her the courage to rise up and speak out to help others.

UltimatelyStand Beautiful will inspire you to be brave, to speak up against injustice, and to redefine beauty as more than what the eye can see.

Fueled by a powerful encounter with Bono from the band U2, Stand Beautiful:


Is written by international speaker, TEDx presenter, and anti-bullying author Chloe Howard
Share Chloe’s story of her struggles with bullies, brokenness, and shame
Provides readers with the encouragement and hope they need to accept their unique selves just as they are
Boldly addresses the unlikely hero in each of us
 


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About the Author: Chloe Howard is on a mission to empower people of all ages to embrace their uniqueness and boldly face their beautiful selves. Born with a foot deformity, Chloe had five major operations by the time she was 15. Through her hardships, Chloe learned that differences are unique, bullying needs to be stopped from the inside out, and worth is most valuable when it comes from within. Today, Chloe is the voice of Stand Beautiful, a movement promoting the acceptance of self and others. She has been featured on NPR, Teen Vogue, and was recently a TEDx Speaker. She has been the subject of two documentaries and toured internationally with CURE.org. Visit standbeautiful.me for more information about Chloe and her message.

Margot Starbuck, an award-winning writer and New York Times Best-Selling collaborator, is the author of over a dozen books. A graduate of Westmont College and Princeton Theological Seminary, as well as an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church, Margot is passionate about telling stories that matter. On weekends you can catch her leading women’s retreats, rollerskating near her home in Durham, North Carolina, or performing stand up. Learn more at www.MargotStarbuck.com. 

Rating: ★★★★
My Review: This was a very heartwarming title that many need to read.  This story will make you really think about live and how you interact with people in it.  With humor and emotion the author hits it out of the park with a very moving story! 











'As a TEDx organizer, I'm focused on the result of our speakers' efforts: The Talk. But in this book, I could instead focus on Chloe's experience as she traveled toward the red circle. Her gift for expressing deep thoughts helped bring those weeks to life for me, and her struggles with insecurities and doubts put a lens on the challenges she faced before taking that first step onto the stage. Rarely do we meet people who are gifted communicators, both in creating well-crafted stories and possessing the poise necessary to present them in a high-stakes setting. Chloe's insight into the turmoil within a teenager's psyche is immensely readable.' X (Mark Sylvester, executive producer, TEDxSantaBarbara)

'Chloe Howard is a true world changer. There is nothing more inspiring than someone who harnesses a painful experience for good. And there is no better example of that transformational spirit than Chloe. Being lucky enough to witness Chloe's meeting with Bono and see the incredible good she's done with that inspiration since inspires me to be braver in fighting for good, and I believe Stand Beautiful will do that for you as well.'XX (Matthew Pohlson, cofounder, Omaze)

'Chloe's story Stand Beautiful is a contemporary, vulnerable account of personal experience, empathy, and evangelism that serves as an inspiring reminder that we are all unique, broken, and imperfect; yet God unconditionally sees us, accepts us, and loves us. It's a beautiful testimony of trust, transformation, and triumph--in Jesus.' (Brian M. Van Hall, FACHE COO, CURE International)

'Wow. I'm impressed. And I don't say this lightly. Chloe's book is incredible. The strength this seventeen-year-old shares while in the midst of bullying is appropriate not only for teens but for adults who experience tough battles in life. We all get knocked down, but Chloe's resolve, tenacity, and solidity through the worst times in her life are an encouragement to all of us! Again: WOW.' X (Dr. Susie Shellenberger, speaker and writer)

'Like Emily Doe, Chloe Howard transformed her victimhood into a superpower. These remarkable young women share the gift of inspiration. Being the victim of a crime can make you feel mute and powerless. But Chloe uses her strength, her spirituality, and her clear, powerful voice to call out to those who have suffered bullying. Chloe's ode to finding self-worth is an important message for anyone who has felt the sting of self-doubt or the humiliation of harassment: Stand Beautiful.' X (Jeff Rosen, Santa Clara County District Attorney)

'Like Emily Doe, Chloe Howard transformed her victimhood into a superpower. These remarkable young women share the gift of inspiration. Being the victim of a crime can make you feel mute and powerless. But Chloe uses her strength, her spirituality, and her clear, powerful voice to call out to those who have suffered bullying. Chloe's ode to finding self-worth is an important message for anyone who has felt the sting of self-doubt or the humiliation of harassment: Stand Beautiful.' (Alaleh Kianerci, Santa Clara County Prosecutor of the Brock Turner Stanford sexual assault case)

'I've been working with teenagers for more than thirty-five years; and while there are many reasons I continue, one of my top reasons is how hopeful I continue to find them to be. Reading a story like Chloe's could be discouraging if you focus on the problems it reveals. But, ultimately, it's a story of overcoming, a story of redemption, a story of passion to change the world--and we all need more of that ... I know I do.' XX (Doug Fields, founder of Download Youth Ministry and author of Purpose Driven Youth Ministry)

'Chloe's powerful reflection of her abuse at the hands of young bullies and the lessons she has learned on her journey make Stand Beautiful a gift of hope to anyone who has faced humiliation and wondered if any good could ever come from it. It's a gripping story with a strong message for anyone who wants to rise above the spirit of darkness in our world today and bring hope that we can do better.' (Mark Matlock, president of WisdomWorks and author of Faith for Exiles and Living a Life That Matters)

'Think of a quilt, a homemade-with-love-kind of blanket with all the different squares. Got it? Now, on those squares, write the repeated words provision, protection, meaning, and belonging. These are the four basic desires of us, as humans, that are all woven together like a quilt in this quest for our humanity. The squares of us intertwine to create a beautiful picture through us, but only one square at a time. However, every once in a while, I hear a story, meet a human, that brings us beyond our own pictures and lets us look upon the whole tapestry that is humanity at one time. Chloe's story will cover you with the common threads of humanity, give you a bigger picture of your own story, and challenge you to stand beautiful in your own square of this beautiful thing called life. This is not a book, but a vision.' XX (Eric Samuel Timm, orator, artist, and author of Static Jedi: The Art of Hearing God Through the Noise)

'Stand Beautiful is a powerful and meaningful book that needs to be read, understood, and appreciated. The author, although young, has much to say, and there is much to be learned from her writing. I teach a class in Disabilities, and this is the kind of text that can be used to help students, as well as others, navigate the importance and complexities that surround this subject.' X (Jeff Banks, Ph.D., Professor of Teaching of Humanities and Teacher Education at Pepperdine University)









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